Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Vintage Simplicity 2823

I've been dying to make this sweet little vintage dress for Myra.  When my Aunt Lil sent me this fabric, I immediately thought of this pattern.  And so they are together.
I purchased the lace, but all of the other components of this dress were given to me.  The pattern from my friend Gerry, my Aunt sent the fabric and the buttons came from my friend Starla.  I even sewed it on the machine Starla gave me!  It seemed appropriate to sew the vintage dress on the vintage machine.
Here is the yoke and buttons up close.
This pattern is so sweet, and I really love the design, but I have to say that I read the instructions and went, "What??"  I wonder if women in the 40s ever used their sewing machines???  There was so much hand sewing!  The hem, the bias bound yoke, the trim, and the buttonholes (!) all are supposed to be hand sewn.  I didn't even hand sew on the buttons...  The instructions were very complete, though.  I had understood that vintage instructions were frequently too brief and assumed that you knew the basics, but these included instructions for seam finishing and stay stitching which I think modern patterns skip all too often.  There were also good instructions for those hand worked buttonholes.
It is a perfect fit on my little princess.  Isn't she sweet??
Here are the panties that the pattern included.  They aren't my favorite.  I prefer the Ruby's bloomers pattern from Weekend Sewing, but they are cute.
We took a LOT of pictures, but I'll just share a few of my favorites.
After our little photo shoot, Myra wanted to help with her next dress...

16 comments:

  1. THat dress is so sweet. And you can tell she loves it. I love the lace and the bloomers are so cute. Beautiful work.

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  2. She looks adorable, Katie. Very cute dress!

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  3. What a cutie! And the dress isn't bad, either! Nice job!!!

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  4. Oh, I love the fabric! It's just perfect for that little dress.

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  5. oh my! This is too cute! Look at the dress! The bloomers! The adorably sweet girl! I can't stop writing with exclamation points!

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  6. Precious! She's ready to go with your machine!

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  7. What an adorable little dress! Such a cutie pie!

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  8. Both the dress and your daughter are really cute!

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  9. That is a really beautiful dress. It definitely looks vintage.

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  10. Just darling, and I love the construction story. I am sure this dress will make lots of people happy, nothing like a good use of a gift to make the givee feel appreciated!

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  11. What a sweet little dress on such an adorable baby. OK, here's what I would do, if I had made that dress. I would choose a photo, and edit it to black and white,(or sepia) and put it in an antique looking frame.

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  12. So sweet I want to gobble her up!!!

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  13. That dress is very cute. I especially love that lace, which has a great vintage-y feel. I also like the little shorts; they are more understated and give here a more classic silhouette than bloomers would.

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